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3May/111

The influence of the Septuagint on the New Testament

I spent quite a while today trying to find a copy of my MPhil Thesis today and luckily I found it in and old sent folder. The upshot is that I thought I'd post a copy here so I don't lose it again.

It's a study of Romans 9-11 and how the Septuagint (Greek translation of the Old Testament) influences Paul's theology in this passage. It is intended to show that biblical translation strategy can influence the very writing of the Bible and is therefore a call to be careful in how we interpret the Bible ourselves.

If anyone wants to read it feel free: The Influence of the Septuagint on Paul: A Study of Romans 9-11 (2286 downloads)

Any comments would be gratefully recieved! It was a year's worth of work so if you use it please credit me!

Posted by Mike

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  1. John,Thanks for stopping by. Yep there are drcfeienfes even among Arminians. I think most agree that Romans 9 teaches the national election of Israel. But that national election is somehow tied to salvation. Exactly how salvation is tied in with national election is where there is a bit of disagreement. For me the key is explaining why the word of God did not fail and that not all Israel is of Israel. That is to say God’s original plan succeeded and within national Israel there is a subset of spiritual Israel. The passage is probably more focused on rejection than acceptance. Its explaining why national Israel is rejected. So I am not sure that an explanation that states God choose to spiritually bless the nation of Israel is complete, because it doesn t account for the Jews rejection. Rather, I think the passage is teaching that God’s national election of Israel illustrates His choice to save by grace through faith in Christ, and His rejection of Ishmael and Esau illustrates His rejection of national lineage and the works of the law. God’s original promise to Abraham was national the election of Israel, but spiritually the Gospel. The spiritual aspect accounts for why the Jews are rejected. They are seeking slavation through works and not through faith. God’s choice stipulated how He would save, not who He would save.God be with you,Dan


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